Gun used to kill Billy The Kidd sells for world record $6 million


Bonhams, a Game Fair regular, has sold the gun used to kill Billy The Kidd for more than double its estimated price – a firearms world frecord $6 million – at a lively auction in Los Angeles.

The Game Fair Trade News reported back in May that the Colt single action revolver, owned by Sheriff Pat Garrett, who killed Billy The Kid on July 14th 1881, was due to be sold as part of Jim and Theresa Earle’s Early West Collection.

The collection realised a total of $12,387,124 with the iconic firearm standing as a relic of one of the most important and well-known stories of the Wild West.

Now part of the American mythology, Garrett’s friendship with the Kid, their mutual respect, and his subsequent hunt, capture, escape and death have become the stuff of legend.

Catherine Williamson, Bonhams’ Director of Books & Manuscripts, said: “This sale was a tribute to Jim and Theresa Earle and it was a tremendous privilege to bring their historic Western collection to auction. The top lot, Pat Garrett’s gun that killed Billy the Kid, attracted attention from all around the world and lead to a world auction record for a firearm. This momentum continued and we saw determined bidding from clients that drove the sale as one of the most valuable private collections of Western memorabilia offered at auction.”